While farmers continue to report progress planting 2017 crops, growers posting Feedback From The Field so far this week they aren’t out of the woods yet.
Heavy weekend rains and cold temperatures are keeping some folks spinning wheels.
While a producer from central Nebraska said some in his area are finishing, he’s still trying to get corn completed before turning to soybeans.
“Very wet as we had around six inches here last Wednesday to Sunday,” the farmer posted. “No sun those days and temps in the 40-50 range three of those days.”
To the east in central Iowa, another producer was done planting corn but only 5% of those fields had emerged, with no soybeans planted yet.
Just over the border to the north in Minnesota, a grower in Faribault County said they were too wet, “but it is much worse west of here.”
“Cold temps are not helping, as well as weed pressure taking off and too wet to get out and spray, with most corn up and most bean fields cracking, meaning we cannot use our best chemical practices and must fall back to backup game plans.”
USDA is scheduled to release its first nationwide condition ratings for corn after Memorial Day. Growers rating fields on Feedback are just average for corn and slightly below average for soybeans. Excellent ratings were hard to find early this week. Still, some growers are having trouble rating conditions since crops haven’t emerged yet.
Click this Feedback From The Field link to enter your data. For starters, we want to know how planting and emergence are going. You can also rate crops in your area as they emerge. We’ll update reports with the interactive map below that lets you see what other growers are saying around the country.
Follow season progress by clicking on the links below.
Feedback from the field - April 24, 2017 - Growers report slow start in northwest Corn Belt.
Feedback from the Field - April 28, 2017 - ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ isn’t the song farmers want to hear.
Feedback from the Field - May 8, 2017 - Emergence sputters as planting slows
Feedback from the Field - May 12, 2017 - Farms make progress but weather still an issue
Feedback from the Field - May 17, 2017 - Growers wary of this week’s new storms
Feedback from the Field - May 19, 2017 - Farmers face cold, wet end to May